FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS THIS A 3 OR 4 YEAR PROGRAM?
As of July 2021, we are officially a three-year program. We still have current residents who are in the four-year program. The first class graduating from the three-year will graduate in June 2024.
WHAT CHANGES WERE MADE TO ACCOMMODATE THE SWITCH FROM 4 TO 3 YEARS?
Rotations prior residents felt were less beneficial were removed, while other previously month-long rotations were reduced to two weeks.
HOW MANY SHIFTS DO YOU WORK A MONTH?
PGY 1: 20, PGY 2: 18, PGY 3: 18
HOW LONG ARE SHIFTS?
10 hours. Pick up for the first nine and wrap up during the final hour.
WHAT IS THE SIGN OUT CULTURE LIKE?
Signing out cases at the end of your shift is allowed and highly encouraged to promote wellness and ensure you can get out on time.
WHAT OTHER RESIDENCY PROGRAMS ARE AT BFH AND WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP LIKE?
We have residents in Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, ENT, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neurology, OB/GYN, Orthopedic Surgery, Podiatry, and Radiology. We have a great working and personal relationship with all of our other specialties allowing for a better educational experience and ultimately better patient care.
ARE THERE ANY ROTATIONS NOT AT BEAUMONT FARMINGTON HILLS?
Locally, we have MICU at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Peds IP, PICU and Peds EM at Beaumont Royal Oak, and Toxicology at Detroit Medical Center. Our trauma rotation is at Shock Trauma in Baltimore, MD
IS HOUSING PROVIDED FOR ANY OF THE OUT OF HOSPITAL ROTATIONS?
There is no housing provided, however residents receive a stipend for the month to cover possible costs related to housing, food, gas, etc. The rotations within Michigan are all within 30 minutes of the hospital so there are no accommodations or stipend.
DO YOU HAVE AN ULTRASOUND CURRICULUM?
Dr. Lagerveld runs an ultrasound program during our residency program and provides us with hands-on teaching with the ultrasound. We are required to submit 200+ ultrasounds to become certified in ED Ultrasound upon graduation.
ARE YOU ALLOWED TO MOONLIGHT?
Yes, moonlighting is allowed and highly encouraged beginning your PGY2 year. Commonly residents moonlight in-house - covering admission H&Ps, floor pages, or even the ICU. If you choose to obtain your full license, you may also moonlight at outside hospitals and urgent cares.
WHERE DO RESIDENTS LIVE?
Many live in the Royal Oak/Ferndale/Birmingham area, some also live closer to the hospital in Farmington Hills.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM PROMOTE WELLNESS?
Resident wellness is incredibly important to this program. On shift, senior residents are able to utilize scribes. In terms of education, we couple journal club with fun social activities or have themed didactics outside of the classroom. We also have many social events and holiday parties throughout the year to promote wellness and the family atmosphere.
DO SENIORS HAVE A HARD TIME FINDING JOBS?
Absolutely not! All seniors were employed with their top choice positions for the class of 2022. The program has a long history of placing graduates at competitive positions. The job market is starting to open up, and many shops are looking for physicians like us - who are trained in a busy department and are great at multitasking and running an entire emergency department.
DO YOU FEEL READY TO PRACTICE ON YOUR OWN BY THE TIME OF GRADUATION?
Yes, more than ready! Our program trains us very well.